From 1 April 2019, as part of the Government changes, all private health insurers will no longer be permitted to pay benefits towards some natural therapy services under extras cover for Australian residents. For Medibank this includes:
The following treatments will continue to be included in your extras cover:
- Remedial Massage/Myotherapy
- Chinese Medicine
- Exercise Physiology
Your extras limits won’t change and benefits will still be paid for the natural therapy services being removed from your extras cover as long as your treatment is before 1 April 2019 – subject to your annual limits.
We’re letting you know about this change to give you plenty of time to use your available benefits for these services before 1 April 2019.
Frequently asked questions
The government has introduced rules to prevent health insurers in Australia from paying benefits towards some natural therapy services under resident products from 1 April 2019. This decision was made as the result of a review by the government into natural therapies, which found no clear evidence of the clinical effectiveness of these services.
The following natural therapies will be removed from all Medibank products from 1 April 2019:
• Alexander Technique
• Bowen Therapy
• Western Herbalism
Remedial massage/myotherapy, Chinese medicine, acupuncture and exercise physiology will continue to be included on applicable Medibank extras products.
Yes, you can still claim up to your annual limits on all the natural therapy services included under your cover for treatment received before 1 April 2019.